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Senior vice president Ellen Wolff retires from LRGHealthcare

LACONIA — A week after the retirement of Tom Clairmont as president and chief executive officer of LRGHealthcare, a second senior executive, Ellen Wolff, senior vice president of strategic support and development, has retired after 37 years with the corporation.

Wolff's place among the seven members of the senior leadership team, was taken by Marge Kerns, who became vice president of clinical support services in 2013.

Wolff joined Lakes Region General Hospital in 1977, a year before she received diploma in nursing from Cheshire Hospital School of Nursing in Keene. After graduating from the College for Lifelong Learning with a degree in health care management in 2000, Wolff earned her master's degree in health care administration from New England College in Henniker in 2005. Wolff held a number of positions overseeing patient care as well as clinical and surgical services before becoming chief nursing officer and senior vice president of patient care services.

Wolff chaired the board of directors of Hillside Surgical Center, an affiliate of LRGHealthcare, ASC, LLC. She is a member of the Massage School Advisory Board at Lakes Region Community College and a member of the Genesis Behavioral Health/LRGHealthcare Collaborative. In 2013 Genesis honored her with the Helen Holbrok Leadership and Service Award in recognition of her contributions to enhancing services for the mentally ill. Wolff served on the Behavioral Health Committee of the New Hampshire Hospital Association.

Kerns became a staff pharmacist at LRGHealthcare in 1992 and was promoted to director of pharmacy services in 1995. As co-director of Medical Safety she shared responsibility for developing and maintaining safe systems throughout LRGHealthcare. She assumed the additional responsibility of director of Hematology/Oncology in 2012.

Kerns received her Bachelor of Science degree in pharmacy from the University of Rhode Island and began her career in hospital pharmacy and administration in the Philadelphia area. She has written and spoken about pharmaceutical and safety issues and serves on the New Hampshire Commission on Healthcare Quality.


Last Updated on Tuesday, 12 August 2014 01:03

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Sanbornton man charged with shooting son in legs

SANBORNTON — A Steele Hill Road man is being held on $100,000 cash-only bail after allegedly shooting his biological 36-year-old son in the legs as many as six times during an argument in his driveway Sunday night.

Lloyd Steven Barnard, 61, of 228 Steele Hill Road, has been charged with one count of attempted second-degree homicide and one count of first-degree assault.

The victim has been identified as Colter Kuss of Laconia Road in Belmont. Police said he was being treated at Lakes Region General Hospital with non life-threatening injuries.

Although the case remains under active investigation by the State Police Major Crimes Division, Sanbornton Police Chief Steve Hankard said yesterday that Barnard and Kuss had been in some kind of an argument or fight prior to the shooting.

Hankard said neighbors and the people who own the home all reported gunshots at 9:13 p.m., bringing police from Sanbornton, Belmont, Tilton and the Belknap County Sheriff's Department.

Barnard apparently rents a room from homeowners Daniel and Lisa Lance.

He said police recovered two handguns from the home – a .22 caliber handgun and a .45 caliber handgun. Both had been fired, and police believe Kuss was struck by bullets fired from both guns.

Hankard said it appears the shooting took place in the driveway. However, Barnard retreated inside his home. He surrendered without incident when police arrived.

The chief said it appeared Barnard had been drinking, but declined to say whether he was intoxicated.

During his video appearance in the 4th Circuit Court, Laconia Division yesterday, observers noticed Barnard had some kind of head scrapes or abrasions on his forehead.

He was treated by ambulance personnel at the scene before being taken into custody.

Sanbornton Police Prosecutor Kevin McIntosh asked for $100,000 cash bail saying Barnard should be considered a danger to the public and a possible fight risk. He said Barnard has one conviction for simple assault and a parole/probation violation in 2005 – both from Merrimack County.

A Department of Corrections spokesperson said yesterday records show that Barnard was on some kind of supervision, but was released from oversight on May 25, 2005. He said records didn't show that he had ever been incarcerated in the State Prison and said it could have been bail supervision as opposed to probation or parole.

McIntosh said Barnard has no solid ties to New Hampshire and owns no property in the state.

Public Defender Justin Littlefield asked for personal recognizance bail. He said there is a potential self-defense argument and Barnard has injuries to his head and face.

Littlefield said Barnard is very sick, has one non-functioning lung, and a degenerative disc disease. He said Barnard was scheduled for some kind of throat or lung cancer screening today.

He also said Barnard can continue to stay with the Lances on Steele Hill Road and is not a flight risk. He said he has been there for about two years.

Littlefield said Barnard's criminal record is negligible for a man his age and he would be willing to abide by any bail conditions. He said all of Barnard's weapons have been taken from him.

McIntosh rebutted Littlefield by emphasizing that Barnard allegedly shot Kuss multiple times and if he were to be released, there was nothing stopping him from obtaining another firearm.

McIntosh said there was no need to order Barnard to stay away from the Lances, although he agreed that Barnard should be ordered to have no contact whatsoever with Kuss.

Attempts to reach the Lances were unsuccessful. 

Last Updated on Monday, 11 August 2014 11:43

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Clerk Still Seeking Volunteers in Ward 5

LACONIA — Less than two weeks after finding herself without a single official to work the voting station in Ward 5 at the primary election on Sept. 9, City Clerk Mary Reynolds said yesterday that some people have offered to serve, but she still hoping for more volunteers.

Reynolds said that a moderator, ward clerk, three selectmen and three ballot clerks is the bare minimum required to conduct an election. She explained that the moderator, ward clerk and three selectmen must be at the polling station throughout the day, from 6:30 a.m. until the votes are counted and ballots sealed around 8 p.m. The ballot clerks, on the other hand, may work shorter shifts, and while at least three are necessary, the more there are, the fewer hours they need to work.

The moderator is responsible for the conduct of the election and oversees the work of the other officials at the polls. The ward clerk supervises the ballot clerks, who check the eligibility of voters coming to the polls, during the day and tabulate the results of the election after the polls closes. The three selectmen set up the polling station the evening before election day and assist whenever and wherever they are needed at the direction of the moderator while the polls are open. The ballot clerks, who must include at least one registered Republican and one registered Democrat, check the name, address and photographic identification of voters as they enter the polling station.

All election officials are compensated and provided with lunch, dinner and refreshment. The moderator and ward clerk are paid $7.50 per hour and all others $7.25 per hour. Reynolds further emphasized that volunteers will be thoroughly trained to fulfill the responsibilities of their positions and follow the procedures of the election. Anyone interested in volunteering for any of the positions in Ward 5 should contact the City Clerk at 527-1265 or by e-mail at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 12 August 2014 12:32

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Gilmanton man accused of choking his girlfriend

CIRCUIT COURT — A Gilmanton man is free on $15,000 personal recognizance bail after appearing in the 4th Circuit Court, Laconia Division to answer a charge that he choked his girlfriend.

Michael Tape, 50, of 23 Musket Trail appeared by video and is charged with one count of second degree assault.

Affidavits said police were called to the home after a 911 call was placed through the Belknap County Sheriff's Department. When officers got there, Tape met them at the door.

Tape told them he mis-dialed his phone and was looking for his girlfriend's phone.

When they asked him about a female, Tape told them there was no emergency and not to worry about it. Police said they needed to speak with her, and Tape allegedly yelled for her to come to the door.

As she exited the house, affidavits said she motioned to one of the officers by putting her hands to her neck and mouthing "he choked me."

Police separated the two and one of them took the woman to the driveway while the other stayed with Tape.

During her interview, the alleged victim told the officer that Tape was rolling a cigarette and when she asked him for one he allegedly swore at her.

She said she was sitting in a chair and Tape approached her and allegedly put his hands around her throat and pushed her back against the wall. She told them the chair slid away from her and she and Tape fell to the floor. She said he was still choking her and landed on top of her.

She said a neighbor who was in the home with them allegedly pulled Tape away from her. Affidavits also said she told police she had tried to leave the home earlier but was stopped by him and told to return to the apartment.

A police prosecutor asked for a minimum of $10,000 cash saying that the allegations were serious. He said Tape has previous convictions for armed robbery in Massachusetts, three simple assaults and two resisting arrest charges, the latest being in 2009.

When asked, the prosecutor said all three people allegedly involved had been drinking. He also said the neighbor who allegedly broke up the fight spoke with police but refused to give a written statement.

The defense said Tape's criminal record was "minimal" for a man in his 50s and that he has lived in the area for 23 years and at the Musket Trail address for at least 10 years. She said he could return to live with his sister who was on vacation and is not the victim.

She said he is disabled from nerve damage to his foot and has no ability to post $10,000 cash bail.

The prosecutor said he objected to personal recognizance bail because at one point Tape allegedly tried to get the victim to change her story and that a second person that night reported to police that he had also been assaulted by Tape but in an unrelated incident.

The defense said those were separate investigations and not part of the lone second-degree assault charge.

Judge Jim Carroll agreed and set bail at $15,000 personal recognizance. He ordered Tape not to drink any alcohol and to stay away from the victim and the neighbor.

Last Updated on Saturday, 09 August 2014 12:15

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